Most new technologies have focused on less pain after the initial surgery and a speedier recovery. Also fusion outcomes are starting becoming successful for a longer period of time. In this article I will explain different technologies used to treat back pain, what kind of pain they help with, and how they work.
Herniated discs are easily fixable and often times don’t require surgery, but for the ones that do, technology is getting better and the healing process is getting shorter with every surgery. There are many definitions for a herniated disc, and some of them do not mean the same thing. In a herniated disc there are two main kinds of pain caused. Pain from a pinched nerve, or pain caused by the actual disc slipping out of place. In the recent past doctors have been able to shorten the postoperative pain caused by having the surgery. The surgery typically consists of a less than one inch incision where the herniated disc is located.
There has been a boost in self care for back pain, maybe because the person suffering wants to handle it themselves or their doctor has told them they can fix it without surgery. Whatever the reason, there are more products out there now than ever before. The technologies vary from direct therapy pads to “pain lights”. The “Aleve transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation device” works by delivering deep pain relief to your lower back. The “pain light” however, relaxes the muscles in your back and relieves the pain.
The common MRI can tell if you have a herniated disc even if it isn’t causing you any pain. One of the easy and more effective ways to alleviate the pain caused by a herniated disc is to increase fluids such as water. Another way is to use an inversion table, it will actually help to decompress your spine and take the pressure off of the herniated disc. A study found that 90% of herniated discs heal themselves in about 4 to 6 weeks. You can help fix the problem by using an inversion table for as little as 10 minutes a day 5 days a week. That’s better than having to pay the bill for a surgery, right?
So, scientists are working day in and day out to make sure that our back pain is alleviated in a short amount of time. Although, there is a new type of surgery that doctors have been testing, and it’s working fantastically. Cervical artificial disc replacement is a new surgery that they have been testing for the past 7 years. Basically all it is is an artificial disc that the doctor puts in place of the jelly filled one. One cervical artificial disc replacement technology has been approved. While many more are being tested and approved by the FDA. There used to be only one option when it came to cervical degenerative disc disease, and that was a fusion. A fusion in the back is where the vertebrae on either side of the disc are fused together. And while this surgery is more efficient, it has been said by patients that it is yielding the same results.